Michael Smith - Author

About the Author

Michael Smith is an award-winning journalist and the author of a number of bestselling books on spies, special forces and codebreaking including The Sunday Times number one bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park; Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews; The Spying Game and Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team. He is also the co-editor, with Ralph Erskine, of The Bletchley Park Codebreakers. Smith was a member of the British Army's Intelligence Corps before joining the BBC. He was a reporter and defence correspondent for both the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times covering the wars in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Smith is a trustee of Bletchley Park and chair of the Trust’s Historical Advisory Committee. He lives near Henley-on-Thames.

Featured books by Michael Smith

The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal

The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2017

Each chapter centres on different motives, exploring them through the stories of famous spies, such as the Cambridge Five, Sidney Reilly and Aldrich Ames, following the path they took that lead, finally, to their treachery. Through in-depth insider knowledge, Michael Smith also uncovers new and unknown cases, including ISIS, President Trump's links with Russia and Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower to offer compelling psychological portrait of these men and women, homing unerringly on the fault-lines and shady corners of their characters, their weaknesses and their strengths, the lies they tell other people, and the lies they always end up telling themselves.

Other books by Michael Smith

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2018

It is New Year at Camelot and a mysterious green knight appears at King Arthur's court. Challenging the knights of the Round Table to a Christmas game, he offers his splendid axe as a prize to whoever is brave enough to behead him with just one strike. The condition is that his challenger must seek him out in a year and a day to have the deed returned. Sir Gawain accepts and decapitates the stranger, only to see him pick up his head, walk out of the hall and ride away on his horse. Now Gawain must complete his part of the bargain, search for his foe and confront what seems his doom... Michael Smith's translation of this magnificent Arthurian romance draws on his intimate experience of the North West of England and his knowledge of mediaeval history, culture and architecture. He takes us back to the original poetic form of the manuscript and brings it alive for a modern audience, while revealing the poem's historic and literary context. The book is beautifully illustrated by throughout with detailed recreations of the illuminated lettering in the original manuscript and the author's own linocut prints, each meticulously researched for contemporary accuracy. This is an exciting new edition that will appeal both to students of the Gawain-poet and the general reader alike.

Opening Home

Opening Home

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/2018

From Stonehenge to Brexit The Making of Britain

From Stonehenge to Brexit The Making of Britain

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/2018

Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2017

Michael Smith spent 20 years restoring Melbourne's beloved Sun Theatre and becoming one of Australia's last independent cinema operators. He then set off on a rather different journey: to become the first person to fly solo around the world in an amphibious plane. With limited flying experience, no support team and only basic instruments in his tiny flying boat, the Southern Sun, Smith risked his life to make modern aviation history. His adventures include an unexpected greeting by Special Branch on his arrival in the UK, a near-death experience while leaving Greenland, and a wondrous journey up the Mississippi. In just seven months he made eighty stops around the globe, exploring twenty-five cities and communities, and visiting some seventy cinemas. All along the way Smith updated his online journal, cheered on by 50,000 followers. In 2016 he was named Australian Geographic's Adventurer of the Year.

Chef at Home Cooking with and Without a Recipe

Chef at Home Cooking with and Without a Recipe

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2017

TV's Chef Michael Smith shows how cooking without recipes makes for stress-free kitchen adventures. Chef at Home Chef Michael Smith welcomes readers into his home kitchen where he encourages home chefs to cook with -- and without -- a recipe. Packed with simple and delicious meals, this cookbook offers kitchen insight and a culinary adventure on every page. Chef Michael Smith has cooked professionally for more than 20 years. In Chef at Home, the companion cookbook to his hit Food Network series, Smith emphasizes simple, stress-free cooking. In his house, every meal is an opportunity to have fun and experiment with flavors. Aspiring home cooks will learn from Smith's professional cooking secrets. Experienced home cooks will appreciate his open, creative approach. Everyone will love the book's simple, healthy flavors and the tips on personalizing each dish. Recipes include: Country Inn Pancakes Maritime Clam Chowder Rosemary Vanilla Chicken Mac and Cheese with Lobster. This book is meant to be ripped, oil-stained, accidentally burnt, and deliberately written on. It works best in the kitchen -- not on the coffee table.

The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal

The Anatomy of a Traitor A History of Espionage and Betrayal

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/06/2017

Each chapter centres on different motives, exploring them through the stories of famous spies, such as the Cambridge Five, Sidney Reilly and Aldrich Ames, following the path they took that lead, finally, to their treachery. Through in-depth insider knowledge, Michael Smith also uncovers new and unknown cases, including ISIS, President Trump's links with Russia and Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower to offer compelling psychological portrait of these men and women, homing unerringly on the fault-lines and shady corners of their characters, their weaknesses and their strengths, the lies they tell other people, and the lies they always end up telling themselves.

The Diplomatic System of the European Union Evolution, change and challenges

The Diplomatic System of the European Union Evolution, change and challenges

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2017

Over the past five years, the EU has established a new system of diplomacy centred on the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. This new system reflects a process of evolution in a changing context, and has been faced by major challenges since its inception. This book examines the diplomatic system of the EU, locating it within the broader study of diplomacy and the European integration project. The volume is structured around the interrelated themes of institutional change and the evolving practices of EU diplomacy. It tracks the development of the EU's system of diplomacy, with particular reference to the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the establishment of the EEAS and the emerging practices of EU strategic and structural diplomacy. Bringing together contributions from leading experts in the field, this book provides an original approach to the development and operation of the EU's diplomatic system. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union international relations, European Union politics and diplomacy.

A Complete Life

A Complete Life

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2016

It's time for A Complete Life! Are you looking for more than the average run of the mill relationship? Do you wish your partner would pull your hair, drag you to the floor, tie you up and have their way with you? Or maybe you want someone who wants that done to them. Pure primal pleasures are in many of us just waiting to be let out. Although this book has a heavy focus on adding kink to your life it also delves into the Bdsm lifestyle. Finding your natural place in this world will do wonders to give you happiness and balance. Its time to take those fantasies and turn them into reality.

Foley The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews

Foley The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2016

As the horror of Nazism tightened its grip on Germany, Jews found themselves trapped and desperate. For many, their only hope of salvation came in the form of a small, bespectacled British man: Frank Foley. Working as a Berlin Passport Control Officer, Foley helped thousands of Jews to flee the country with visas and false passports, personally entering the camps to get Jews out, and sheltering those on the run from the Gestapo in his own apartment. Described by a Jewish leader as 'the Pimpernel of the Jews', Foley was an unsung hero of the Holocaust.But why is this extraordinary man virtually unknown, even in Britain? The reason is simple: Foley was MI6 head of station in Berlin, bound to secrecy by the code of his profession.Michael Smith's work uncovering the remarkable truth led to the recognition of Frank Foley as Righteous Among Nations, the highest honour the Jewish state can bestow upon a Gentile. Foley is a story of courage and quiet heroism in the face of great evil - a reminder of the impact that one brave individual can have on the lives of many.

At Home with the Aztecs An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life

At Home with the Aztecs An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2016

At Home with the Aztecs provides a fresh view of Aztec society, focusing on households and communities instead of kings, pyramids, and human sacrifice. This new approach offers an opportunity to humanize the Aztecs, moving past the popular stereotype of sacrificial maniacs to demonstrate that these were successful and prosperous communities. Michael Smith also engagingly describes the scientific, logistic and personal dimensions of archaeological fieldwork, drawing on decades of excavating experience and considering how his research was affected by his interaction with contemporary Mexican communities. Through first-hand accounts of the ways archaeologists interpret sites and artifacts, the book illuminates how the archaeological process can provide information about ancient families. Facilitating a richer understanding of the Aztec world, Smith's research also redefines success, prosperity and resilience in ancient societies, making this book suitable not only for those interested in the Aztecs but in the examination of complex societies in general.

At Home with the Aztecs An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life

At Home with the Aztecs An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2016

At Home with the Aztecs provides a fresh view of Aztec society, focusing on households and communities instead of kings, pyramids, and human sacrifice. This new approach offers an opportunity to humanize the Aztecs, moving past the popular stereotype of sacrificial maniacs to demonstrate that these were successful and prosperous communities. Michael Smith also engagingly describes the scientific, logistic and personal dimensions of archaeological fieldwork, drawing on decades of excavating experience and considering how his research was affected by his interaction with contemporary Mexican communities. Through first-hand accounts of the ways archaeologists interpret sites and artifacts, the book illuminates how the archaeological process can provide information about ancient families. Facilitating a richer understanding of the Aztec world, Smith's research also redefines success, prosperity and resilience in ancient societies, making this book suitable not only for those interested in the Aztecs but in the examination of complex societies in general.

The Debs of Bletchley Park And Other Stories

The Debs of Bletchley Park And Other Stories

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2015

For Winston Churchill the men and women at Bletchley Park were 'the geese the laid the golden eggs', providing important intelligence that led to the Allied victory in the Second World War. At the peak of Bletchley's success, a total of twelve thousand people worked there of whom more than eight thousand were women. These included a former ballerina who helped to crack the Enigma Code; a debutante working for the Admiralty with a direct line to Churchill; the convent girl who operated the Bombes, the top secret machines that tested Enigma settings; and the German literature student whose codebreaking saved countless lives at D - Day. All these women were essential cogs in a very large machine, yet their stories have been kept secret. In The Debs of Bletchley Park author Michael Smith, trustee of Bletchley Park and chair of the Trust's Historical Advisory Committee, tells their tale. Through interviews with the women themselves and unique access to the Bletchley Park archives, Smith reveals how they came to be there, the lives they gave up to do 'their bit' for the war effort, and the part they played in the vital work of 'Station X'.They are an incredible set of women, and this is their story.

Stratigraphy and Paleolimnology of the Green River Formation, Western USA

Stratigraphy and Paleolimnology of the Green River Formation, Western USA

Author: Michael Smith Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 30/06/2015

This volume presents a suite of detailed stratigraphic and sedimentologic investigations of the Eocene Green River Formation of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, one of the world's foremost terrestrial archives of lacustrine and alluvial deposition during the warmest portion of the early Cenozoic. Its twelve chapters encompass the rich and varied record of lacustrine stratigraphy, sedimentology, geochronology, geochemistry and paleontology. Chapters 2-9 provide detailed member-scale synthesis of Green River Formation strata within the Greater Green River, Fossil, Piceance Creek and Uinta Basins, while its final two chapters address its enigmatic evaporite deposits and ichnofossils at broad, interbasinal scale.

The Diplomatic System of the European Union Evolution, change and challenges

The Diplomatic System of the European Union Evolution, change and challenges

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/06/2015

Over the past five years, the EU has established a new system of diplomacy centred on the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. This new system reflects a process of evolution in a changing context, and has been faced by major challenges since its inception. This book examines the diplomatic system of the EU, locating it within the broader study of diplomacy and the European integration project. The volume is structured around the interrelated themes of institutional change and the evolving practices of EU diplomacy. It tracks the development of the EU's system of diplomacy, with particular reference to the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the establishment of the EEAS and the emerging practices of EU strategic and structural diplomacy. Bringing together contributions from leading experts in the field, this book provides an original approach to the development and operation of the EU's diplomatic system. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of European Union international relations, European Union politics and diplomacy.

Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer

Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2015

In 1922 a journalist commented on British tenacity to General Bruce, leader of the British Everest Expedition. Bruce replied with a single word: 'Shackleton'. Ernest Shackleton is one of history's great explorers, an extraordinary Edwardian character who pioneered the path to the South Pole and became a leading figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. A restless adventurer from an Irish background, he joined the Empire's last great endeavour of exploration - to reach the South Pole with Scott on the Discovery expedition. A clash with Scott led to Shackleton being ordered home and a bitter feud. Shackleton's riposte was the Nimrod expedition, which uncovered the route to the Pole, achieved the first fixing of the South Magnetic Pole, and honed the acclaimed leadership skills which kept despair at bay and encouraged men to overcome unimaginable hardship on the Endurance expedition. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life contrasted with celebrity status as the leading explorer. Persistent money problems left his men unpaid and his family with debts.This first comprehensive biography in a generation brings a fresh perspective to the heroic age of Polar exploration dominated by Shackleton's complex, compelling and enduringly fascinating story.

Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer

Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Ernest Shackleton is one of history's great explorers, an extraordinary character who pioneered the path to the South Pole over 100 years ago and became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. A charismatic personality, his incredible adventures on four expeditions have captivated generations and inspired a dynamic, modern following in business leadership. None more so than the Endurance mission, where Shackleton's commanding presence saved the lives of his crew when their ship was crushed by ice and they were turned out on to the savage frozen landscape. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life, marked by romantic affairs, unfulfilled ambitions, overwhelming debts and failed business ventures, contrasted with his celebrity status as a leading explorer. Drawing on extensive research of original diaries and personal correspondence, Michael Smith's definitive biography brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of this complex man and the heroic age of polar exploration.

Ielts Writing Band 9 Sample Essays - Real Tests

Ielts Writing Band 9 Sample Essays - Real Tests

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 18/01/2015

IELTS Band 9 Sample Essays - Real Tests, written by students and graded by an IELTS teacher. Every essay is checked, marked.

The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader

The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2014

Espionage fact and fiction collide in this thrilling compendium of spy writing, where you'll fi nd some of the greatest spy stories ever written alongside genuine agent reports and instructions that changed the course of history - all within one definitive and unique collection. Daring wartime plans devised by Ian Fleming that could have come straight from the pages of a Bond novel are followed by the first appearance of John le Carre's George Smiley. Never-before-published reports from Cambridge spies Kim Philby and Guy Burgess to Moscow Centre are seen alongside literary classics by Graham Greene and Somerset Maugham. Genuine instructions to agents on how to tail a suspect, or how to stay alive inside wartime Germany - 'never confi de in women' - are interspersed with tales of derring-do inside Bolshevik Russia from Paul Dukes and Sidney Reilly, the original Ace of Spies. With an expert introduction to each extract, former intelligence officer Michael Smith deftly uses his own experience, and that of his many contributors, to take us on a fascinating journey inside the real world of espionage. The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader is a must-own for every espionage enthusiast and aspiring agent. Featuring John Le Carre, Erskine Childers, John Buchan, Ian Fleming, Graham Greene, Kim Philby, Joseph Conrad, Guy Burgess, Somerset Maugham and many more.

Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer

Shackleton By Endurance We Conquer

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2014

In 1922 a journalist commented on British tenacity to General Bruce, leader of the British Everest Expedition. Bruce replied with a single word: 'Shackleton'. Ernest Shackleton is one of history's great explorers, an extraordinary Edwardian character who pioneered the path to the South Pole and became a leading figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. A restless adventurer from an Irish background, he joined the Empire's last great endeavour of exploration - to reach the South Pole with Scott on the Discovery expedition. A clash with Scott led to Shackleton being ordered home and a bitter feud. Shackleton's riposte was the Nimrod expedition, which uncovered the route to the Pole, achieved the first fixing of the South Magnetic Pole, and honed the acclaimed leadership skills which kept despair at bay and encouraged men to overcome unimaginable hardship on the Endurance expedition. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life contrasted with celebrity status as the leading explorer. Persistent money problems left his men unpaid and his family with debts.This first comprehensive biography in a generation brings a fresh perspective to the heroic age of Polar exploration dominated by Shackleton's complex, compelling and enduringly fascinating story.

Prayers for the Dead, and Other Poems

Prayers for the Dead, and Other Poems

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2014

This is Michael Smith's first collection since his Collected Poems of 2009, and is an elegiac volume. As the author says: Let me try to define prayer as I am using it here. It is a voice in the head, ours and not ours. It speaks in words we scarcely understand. Unstoppable, unless distracted by our quotidian pursuits. Beckett said it thus: 'All poetry, as discriminated from the various paradigms of prosody is prayer.' Enigmatic, but what else would one expect from Beckett? Essentially, I perceive prayer as a form of homage or 'recognition' - the other word used by Beckett.

Unreal City

Unreal City

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Strolling through this wide sweep, gazing across the fleet of trains bound for Paris or Brussels, the powder blue steel vaulting soaring above them, the inside of a giant whale's ribcage, a hymn to the infrastructure of our hyper-connected age; like Jonah swallowed up by it all, by the hum of the giant extractor fans, the deep hum at the heart of it all - back here, home again, lost in London... With a property portfolio consisting of a beach hut in Kent, and a career as evanescent as it is unprofitable, the narrator of Unreal City is a flaneur fallen on hard times, a creative bewildered by the slick speed of the digital age, watching as the sculptors and painters and bon viveurs begin to slip away and the advertising hipsters take over old stomping grounds. From the nights in old Soho, where an anonymous green door was the gateway to a decadently dingy paradise, to the days amid the shabby post-industrial elegance of Hackney's canalside warehouses, this is a nostalgic love song to the drifters, the artists, the glamorous misfits, the degenerate waifs and the barmaid-enchantresses of the capital's backstreets and shadowy corners.

Captain Francis Crozier Last Man Standing?

Captain Francis Crozier Last Man Standing?

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2014

Irishman Francis Crozier was a major figure in nineteenth-century polar exploration. His voyages with Parry, Ross and Franklin lifted the veil from the frozen wastes of the Arctic and Antarctic, paving the way for Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton. The Antarctic cape named after him was immortalised in Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World. A failed romance drove him back to the ice one fatal last time with Franklin's North West Passage expedition in 1845. All 129 men perished. Crozier took command after Franklin's death and led the courageous battle to survive in the Arctic wilderness. In the bitter life-or-death struggle, which lasted for years, some even resorted to cannibalism. But, according to legend, Crozier was the last to die - the last man standing. * Also available: An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean

Go Naked Revealing the Secrets of Successful Selling

Go Naked Revealing the Secrets of Successful Selling

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2014

Bletchley Park The Code-breakers of Station X

Bletchley Park The Code-breakers of Station X

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/01/2013

Bletchley Park, known to those who worked there as Station X, was the scene of one of the greatest Allied triumphs of the Second World War. The breaking of the Nazi Enigma cyphers by Britain's wartime code-breakers continues to fascinate, with well over 100,000 people visiting the scene of their successes every year. Bletchley Park provided the intelligence that ensured Allied victories in the Battle of Atlantic, the war in North Africa and, most crucially, the D-Day invasion of Europe, and it was also the birthplace of the modern computer. The code-breakers were led by men like Dilly Knox and Alan Turing, but also included thousands of 'ordinary' people, the vast majority of them young women. This book contains previously unpublished photographs showing them at work and play. It not only explains how their work influenced the battle against Nazi Germany and its Italian and Japanese allies, but also describes how they lived and loved.

The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities

The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2012

Recent realizations that prehispanic cities in Mesoamerica were fundamentally different from western cities of the same period have led to increasing examination of the neighborhood as an intermediate unit at the heart of prehispanic urbanization. This book addresses the subject of neighborhoods in archaeology as analytical units between households and whole settlements. The contributions gathered here provide fieldwork data to document the existence of sociopolitically distinct neighborhoods within ancient Mesoamerican settlements, building upon recent advances in multi-scale archaeological studies of these communities. Chapters illustrate the cultural variation across Mesoamerica, including data and interpretations on several different cities with a thematic focus on regional contrasts. This topic is relatively new and complex, and this book is a strong contribution for three interwoven reasons. First, the long history of research on the Teotihuacan barrios is scrutinized and withstands the test of new evidence and comparison with other Mesoamerican cities. Second, Maya studies of dense settlement patterns are now mature enough to provide substantial case studies. Third, theoretical investigation of ancient urbanization all over the world is now more complex and open than it was before, giving relevance to Mesoamerican perspectives on ancient and modern societies in time and space. This volume will be of interest not only to scholars and student specialists of the Mesoamerican past but also to social scientists and urbanists looking to contrast ancient cultures worldwide.

Munsee Indian Trade in Ulster County, New York, 1712-1732

Munsee Indian Trade in Ulster County, New York, 1712-1732

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2012

Annotated translation of a Dutch account book recording trade with Native Americans in Ulster County, New York from 1712 to 1732. Documents and analyzes 2,000 exchanges in intercultural commercial dealings in the mid-Hudson River Valley. Includes profiles of 40 named and identified Native Americans.

Baby Ikki at the Museum

Baby Ikki at the Museum

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2012

Michael Smith (b. 1951) is known for his groundbreaking work in performance art as well as his immersive mixed media installations. Since 1979, the majority of his work has centered on his extraordinarily prescient and sympathetic character, Mike. Smith's other recurring performance persona is Baby Ikki, whose bizarre and precipitous infancy is marked by conspicuous facial hair, oversized diapers, and undersized sunglasses. Formatted and designed like a children's board book, Baby Ikki at the Museum features the eighteen-month-old character posing in front of works of art in the Whitney Museum of American Art. He acts as a wide-eyed explorer wandering in a new world, examining and responding to works in the Museum's collection by pointing, staring, or offering quizzical looks. Lacking judgment, consideration, and caution, Baby Ikki possesses an abundance of curiosity and has an insatiable appetite for attention, even when posing with priceless works of art. Providing an entirely new angle from which to view a premier art institution, the photographs in this book are at times comedic and at others unsettling for their irreverence and perceptiveness.

Cantes Flamencos (Flamenco Songs) The Deep Songs of Spain

Cantes Flamencos (Flamenco Songs) The Deep Songs of Spain

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2012

More than 250 quatrains of love and loss, the texts to those inimitable flamenco performances - these are the songs that are wailed by those keening male voices, as the red-and-black-clad women dancers stamp, pirouette and fire castanet rhythms at machine-gun pace. Not high art certainly, but a part of deeper fabric of the real Spain, and a powerful influence on poets such Lorca.

Hounded! A Reluctant Spiritual Journey

Hounded! A Reluctant Spiritual Journey

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2011

Kevin Murphy Takes on the Father of Lies

Kevin Murphy Takes on the Father of Lies

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2011

Cutter, My Christmas Gift

Cutter, My Christmas Gift

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 29/10/2011

Every year tens of thousands of people face their first Christmas following the death of a parent. While a lucky few have no regrets about their choices and actions, many, like Peter Donnelly, are filled with self-reproach and sadness.

Six A History of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service

Six A History of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2011

Six tells the complete story of the service's birth and early years, including the tragic, untold tale of what happened to Britain's extensive networks in Soviet Russia between the wars. It reveals for the first time how the playwright and MI6 agent Harley Granville Barker bribed the Daily News to keep Arthur Ransome in Russia, and the real reason Paul Dukes returned there. It shows development of tradecraftA and the great personal risk officers and their agents took, far from home and unprotected. In Salonika, for example, Lieutenant Norman Dewhurst realised it was time to leave when he opened his door to find one of his agents hanging dismembered in a sack. This first part of Six takes us up to the eve of the conflict, using hundreds of previously unreleased files and interviews with key players to show how one of the world's most secretive of secret agencies originated and developed into something like the MI6 we know today. The second part, published in Spring 2012, will tell the story from the outbreak of World War Two to the present.

Hell With Love

Hell With Love

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2011

Secrets of Station X

Secrets of Station X

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/08/2011

When Captain Ridley's shooting partyA arrived at Bletchley Park in 1939 no-one would have guessed that by 1945 the guests would number nearly 10,000 and that collectively they would have contributed decisively to the Allied war effort. Their role? To decode the Enigma cypher used by the Germans for high-level communications. It is an astonishing story. A melting pot of Oxbridge dons maverick oddballs and more regular citizens worked night and day at Station X, as Bletchley Park was known, to derive intelligence information from German coded messages. Bear in mind that an Enigma machine had a possible 159 million million million different settings and the magnitude of the challenge becomes apparent. That they succeeded, despite military scepticism, supplying information that led to the sinking of the Bismarck, Montgomery's victory in North Africa and the D-Day landings, is testament to an indomitable spirit that wrenched British intelligence into the modern age, as the Second World War segued into the Cold War. Michael Smith constructs his absorbing narrative around the reminiscences of those who worked and played at Bletchley Park, and their stories add a very human colour to their cerebral activity. The code breakers of Station X did not win the war but they undoubtedly shortened it, and the lives saved on both sides stand as their greatest achievement.

Smith Building Construction_2

Smith Building Construction_2

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2011

Text only. This product does NOT include a Resource Central Access Code Card. To purchase the text with a Resource Central Access Code Card, please use ISBN: 0-13-283007-8 Building Construction: Methods and Materials for the Fire Service, Second Edition, emphasizes the impact that an understanding of the principles of building construction has on firefighting strategy. Written by an author with extensive knowledge and experience in both the fire service and construction industries, it explains building materials and processes that are involved in the construction of structures and provides students with the knowledge required to operate safely and effectively within residential or commercial buildings. Discussions of actual incidents experienced by the author and case studies containing critical thinking questions give students a better understanding of what to expect in the field.

Trekking the Path

Trekking the Path

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2011

Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2011

Knights of Dreamland

Knights of Dreamland

Author: Michael Smith Format: eBook Release Date: 15/07/2011

Killer Elite America's Most Secret Soldiers

Killer Elite America's Most Secret Soldiers

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2011

The first book about SEAL Team Six and Bin Laden America's most secret Special Forces unit does not even have a name. Formed as the 'Intelligence Support Activity', it has had a succession of innocuous titles to hide its ferocious purpose. It exists to 'undertake activities only when other intelligence or operational support elements are unavailable or inappropriate'. Translated from Pentagon-speak, this means operating undercover in the world's most dangerous places, penetrating enemy organizations including Al Qa'eda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. 'The Activity' combines the spy work of the CIA with the commando/SAS role of the Green Berets. It not only provides the intelligence on the ground - it translates it into 'direct action'. This is the unit that located Saddam Hussein, and recently led the intelligence operation that found and killed Osama Bin Laden. This is the untold story behind the world's most secret Special Operations organisation.

Tom Crean An Illustrated Life

Tom Crean An Illustrated Life

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2011

This revised pictorial biography celebrates the life of Tom Crean, a great Irish hero of Antarctic exploration in an age of epics of endurance and survival against the odds. Tom ran away from his Kerry farm at 15 to play an outstanding role in three expeditions with the legendary Shackleton and Captain Scott. His incredible story was largely forgotten until the publication of the best-selling An Unsung Hero in 2000. Only then was the modest, unassuming Irishman given due recognition. The extraordinary highlights of his adventures in the ice were captured in exceptional photographs taken under extreme conditions. Assembled here they present a photographic record of a truly astonishing man, with other rare and previously unseen pictures. These photographs illustrate his early life, the incredible feats in the Antarctic and a peaceful retirement in Kerry. Supported by complementary text, diary extracts and maps plus new information on Tom Crean's life, this is a lasting celebration of a true hero.

Great Endeavour

Great Endeavour

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2010

The Irish have left an indelible mark in the most hostile territory on earth, Antarctica. It was the Irish who pioneered a route to the Antarctic and whose adventures 100 years ago gripped the attention of the world. Their contribution is now told in a single volume celebrating their amazing exploits. The earliest voyages to the Antarctic ice are saluted with due consideration given to present-day adventurers who have taken up the torch. Quotations from first-hand accounts, photographs of the intrepid men, relics, medals, and sites enhance the poignant text. Explorers included are: * Cork-born Bransfield, Forde and Keohane as well as the only pair of brothers to explore the Antarctic, the McCarthys from Kinsale. * Banbridge man, Francis Crozier * Ernest Shackleton from Kildare * Kerryman Tom Crean. * Mike Barry from Kerry, the first Irishman to walk to the South Pole * Clare O'Leary, from Bandon, the first Irishwoman to do so * Mark Pollock, from Down, was the first blind person to trek to the pole. The great Amundsen wrote Shackleton's name would 'for evermore be engraved with letters of fire in the history of Antarctic exploration'. He might well have been speaking of Ireland.

Tom Crean Fear San Oighear

Tom Crean Fear San Oighear

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/08/2009

Ba dhuine as an ghnath e Tom Crean. Cuireann sceal spreaguil a chuid imeachtai san Antartach an leitheoir ar bior, go hairithe an bealach inar thainig slan san angar eachtach. Shabhalfadh a chomradaithe ona mba i bhfarraigi fuara is dheanfadh roinnt eile a tharrthail sa sneachta oighreata. Ae seo le linn do a chuid ceannairi a leanuint, an da thaistealai iomraiteacha chun an Mhoil, an Captaen Scott agus Ernest Shackelton. Arna chumadh ag an te a scriobh beathaisneis Crean, an saothar mor-rachairt An Unsung Hero. Fagfar an lucht leite og faoi dhraiocht ag an chrogacht, ag an neart agus ag an diongbhailteacht ata le brath san insint seo.

Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2009

Michael Smith was born in Dublin in 1942, and is well-known for his poetry, his editorial work, his translations of Spanish poetry (many of them for Shearsman Books), and his polemical support for the lost generation of Irish modernist poets. This volume brings together for the first time under one set of covers all of the work that he wishes to preserve, and demonstrates conclusively that this quiet but authoritative voice deserves greater recognition on both sides of the Irish Sea.

An Unsung Hero

An Unsung Hero

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2009

The story of the remarkable Tom Crean who ran away to sea aged 15 and played a memorable role in Antarctic exploration. He spent more time in the unexplored Antarctic than Scott or Shackleton, and outlived both. Among the last to see Scott alive, Crean was in the search party that found the frozen body. An unforgettable story of triumph over unparalleled hardship and deprivation.

Michael S. Smith from the Ground Up

Michael S. Smith from the Ground Up

Author: Michael Smith, Christine Pittel Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2008

Creating your dream house--a prospect as exciting as it is daunting. Michael Smith, a favorite among celebrity clientele, reveals the method of his design magic. Offering thoughtful ideas and practical advice, the designer walks the reader through his process, from the gathering of resource material (from magazines and iconic films to something as simple as a shell or a swatch of vintage fabric), expertly pairing simpler and grander elements (or inexpensive with more extravagant objects), perfecting the editing process, to knowing when a room is finished. Detailing the nearly encyclopedic range of styles he culls from to create his signature style, the designer describes recent examples of his work, beginning with a modest and quirkily designed house in Bel Air, Smith redid for himself. Razed, rebuilt, and decorated over the course of five years, the house allowed Smith to experiment and explore ideas freely and the result is a gracious home, as welcoming as it is stylish. In addition to his California residence, twenty other projects are featured, from a New England clapboard to a Malibu villa overlooking the Pacific to a city townhouse. In each, Smith deconstructs the elements which come together to make the ideal home.

This Haunted Isle

This Haunted Isle

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2007

Common Minds Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit

Common Minds Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2007

During a career spanning over thirty years Philip Pettit has made seminal contributions in moral philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of mind and action, and metaphysics. His many contributions would be remarkable enough in themselves, but they are made all the more remarkable by the ways in which Pettit connects them with each other. Pettit holds that the lessons learned when thinking about problems in one area of philosophy often constitute ready-made solutions to problems we faced in completely different areas. His body of work taken as a whole provides a vivid example of what philosophy looks like when done with that conviction. Common Minds presents specially written papers by some of the most eminent philosophers alive today, grappling with some of the themes derived from the larger programme that Pettit has inspired. How are we to do the best we can, whether in the domain of morality or politics, given that we are non-ideal agents acting in non-ideal circumstances? What is the normative significance of the capacity we have to engage in rational deliberation, both individually and collectively, about what to do? How are we to square our conception of ourselves as rational deliberators with the more mechanistic conception of ourselves and the world we inhabit that we get from the natural sciences? The volume concludes with a substantial piece by Pettit in which he gives an overview of his work, draws out the connections between its key themes, and provides a rich commentary on the preceding essays.

The Giro Playboy

The Giro Playboy

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2007

For a while I lived in a seaside resort, in a bargain bedsit next to the King of Portugal's old mansion retreat, in 'The Beverly Hills of the Georgian Era' - nowadays it's a faded bohemia of trannies and longhair public school bongo players and midget scousers gouching in telephone boxes next to the methadone clinic - I would get up at Z o'clock and wander around restlessly in flip flops, on my giro holiday, smiling at the beautiful scenery, feeling useless, wondering what my role could be in this world, that boring beautiful ocean just stretching before me everyday, as I pondered what to do . . . The Giro Playboy recounts the (mis)adventures of a delusional drifter and his wanderings from the north-east to London (where the streets are paved with gold), and on to Brighton and the badlands of Essex. Along the way he falls in love, drinks a lot of beer, eats too many sweets, ponders the meaning of life on the dole, and gets admitted to hospital for a painful condition - all the time measuring his life in cigarettes.

Shorty Loves Wing Wong

Shorty Loves Wing Wong

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Returning to the Headland, in the small, coastal town, the narrator of Shorty Loves Wing Wong is struck by the memories that return to him in this strange and remote place on the borders of Geordieland and the coal fields of County Durham. Like the story about the skate with a neck as thick as a tree, 'at least seventy years old'; or the one about the club singer who once killed a cat, dried it out and put it through a mangle. He remembers the time he saw crocodiles emerging from walls and losing his first love to a smooth-talking older lad who played bass in a band. He remembers riding round on a tricycle with a plastic helmet and sword pretending to be 'The Roman Greek'; finding 20 Regal King Size on the beach and being 'fantastically excited at he prospect of the adult thirlls opening out ot me that night.' Beautifully illustrated throughout by the acclaimed artist, Jim Medway, Shorty Loves Wing Wong is a hymn to adolescent highs and lows by one of the most exceptional young writers in Britain today.

Tom Crean Ice Man

Tom Crean Ice Man

Author: Michael Smith, Annie Brady Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2006

Tom Crean ran away from his Kerry home, aged 15, to join the British navy in 1893. He travelled to the Antarctic with the famous explorers, Scott and Shackleton. He explored the unknown, crossed ice fields and wild oceans and courageously saved friends from death.

Michael Smith Elements of Style

Michael Smith Elements of Style

Author: Michael Smith, Diane Dorrans Saeks Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Michael Smith is the new darling of the American design world and decorator to the stars. Stylish, glamorous, lively, and varied - Michael Smith's interior design work has been hailed from coast to coast. Divided into two parts, and ranging from the artistic to the practical, the book captures the diversity of influences and ideas that emerge from Michael's work. In Part One, several houses are presented, each one as a complete story so that the reader sees how each room works on its own and within the house as a whole. The houses will be grouped by five themes (eg, country houses, city apartments, family houses, and private retreats).Part Two is a dynamic, informative, and idea-filled resource of photo-illustrated tips, provocative opinions, and insider decorating advice.

Maldon, and Other Translations

Maldon, and Other Translations

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2004

Irish poet, translator and editor Michael Smith is based in Dublin and this volume collects a number of his more unusual translations - The Battle of Maldon, from the Anglo-Saxon, two long poems from the 18th-century Irish, and a large selection of cantes flamencos (flamenco songs). The book will fill out the view of Smith's work in Britain, where he is better known as a translator of Spanish baroque poetry. He founded New Writers' Press in Dublin in 1967, an enterprise which was responsible for the publication of a number of neglected Irish poets, as well as several important younger writers. He was also co-founder and editor of the literary magazine The Lace Curtain.

Ethics and the A Priori Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics

Ethics and the A Priori Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2004

Michael Smith has written a series of seminal essays about the nature of belief and desire, the status of normative judgment, and the relevance of the views we take on both these topics to the accounts we give of our nature as free and responsible agents. This long awaited collection comprises some of the most influential of Smith's essays. Among the topics covered are: the Humean theory of motivating reasons, the nature of normative reasons, Williams and Korsgaard on internal and external reasons, the nature of self-control, weakness of will, compulsion, freedom, responsibility, the analysis of our rational capacities, moral realism, the dispositional theory of value, the supervenience of the normative on the non-normative, the error theory, rationalist treatments of moral judgment, the practicality requirement on moral judgment and non-cognivist. This collection will be of interest to students in philosophy and psychology.

Ethics and the A Priori Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics

Ethics and the A Priori Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2004

Michael Smith has written a series of seminal essays about the nature of belief and desire, the status of normative judgment, and the relevance of the views we take on both these topics to the accounts we give of our nature as free and responsible agents. This long awaited collection comprises some of the most influential of Smith's essays. Among the topics covered are: the Humean theory of motivating reasons, the nature of normative reasons, Williams and Korsgaard on internal and external reasons, the nature of self-control, weakness of will, compulsion, freedom, responsibility, the analysis of our rational capacities, moral realism, the dispositional theory of value, the supervenience of the normative on the non-normative, the error theory, rationalist treatments of moral judgment, the practicality requirement on moral judgment and non-cognivist. This collection will be of interest to students in philosophy and psychology.

Station X The Code Breakers of Bletchley Park

Station X The Code Breakers of Bletchley Park

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2003

In 1939, several hundred people - students, professors, international chess players, junior military officers, actresses and debutantes - reported to a Victorian mansion in Buckinghamshire: Bletchley Park. This was to be 'Station X', the Allies' top-secret centre for deciphering enemy codes. Their task was to break the ingenious Enigma code used for German high-level communications. The settings for the Enigma machine changed continually and each day the German operators had 159 million million million different possibilities. Yet against all the odds this gifted group achieved the impossible, coping with even greater difficulties to break Shark, the U-Boat Enigma, and Fish, the cypher system used by Hitler to talk to his guards.

I am Just Going Outside Captain Scott, Antarctic Tragedy

I am Just Going Outside Captain Scott, Antarctic Tragedy

Author: Michael Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2002

The first major biography, exhaustively researched from new material including major revelations involving his previously unknown and secret private life, of Lawrence Edward Grace 'Titus' Oates who became a dashing cavalry officer and hero in the Boer War, a successful jockey and who paid [pound]1,000 to join Scott's doomed South Pole expedition, before becoming a national hero for sacrificing himself to save his comrades. First biography for over 30 years of the enigmatic and private Captain Oates. Substantial new information from previously undisclosed sources, especially relating to his clashes with Scott. Having paid [pound]1,000 to join Scott's South Pole expedition, he was at centre stage in the unfolding tragedy, becoming a national hero for sacrificing himself to save his comrades. Fresh analysis of his military career, both as hero in the Boer War, where he was denied a VC, and later in Ireland. Offers a different perspective from the traditional myth of Scott's heroic failure and Oates' suicide. Examines Oates' private life and the role of his austere mother who exerted a powerful influence during his life and continued to control his memory long after his death, especially by ordering the destruction of his letters and diaries, kept hidden by her, and previously thought to have been destroyed, from her deathbed. Beautifully illustrated with maps and photographs, many previously unpublished.

36 Questions and Answers About Jesus of Nazareth

36 Questions and Answers About Jesus of Nazareth

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2001

Fine English Cookery

Fine English Cookery

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/03/1998

The Moral Problem

The Moral Problem

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/10/1994

This acclaimed volume offers a systematic introduction to and striking analysis of the central issues animating current debate in moral philosophy. It will be of interest to anyone with a serious interest in the philosophical foundations of ethics. Topics discussed in this book include: realist vs anti-realist accounts of moral truth; cognitivist vs expressivist accounts of moral judgement; internalist vs externalist accounts of the relation between moral judgement and the will; Humean vs anti-Humean theories of motivation; and the debate between those who think that morality is a system of hypothetical imperatives and those who think that moral requirements are categorical. In 2000, The Moral Problem received The American Philosophical Association's first APA Book Prize for excellence in scholarship.

Mardi Gras Indians

Mardi Gras Indians

Author: Michael Smith, Alan Govenar Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/1994

One of the most dazzling elements of the MardiGras celebrations, the Mardi Gras Indians receive the attention and respect ofcarnival-goers for their elaborately beaded costumes and entertaining dances.But what few realize about the groups is that the parading is more than justfor show. Costuming, dancing, and all of the rituals of these groups are actsof cultural preservation that date back more than a century. In his new book,Michael P. Smith addresses the sociological issues surrounding the mislabeledand rarely understood Maroon groups now known as Mardi GrasIndians. His textual analysis of the culture examines its African originsand how the participants help to develop the African-American culturalidentity. He looks at how some African-Americans resisted efforts to suppresstraditions that are re-emerging in modern society.Researched and documented by generations of oral and written history, thiswork clearly outlines the mistaken identification of the Mardi Gras Indians asjust an entertainment element of the carnival season. It also shows the vitalrole this traditional culture plays in the community, much as the blackSpiritual Churches do, in preserving an authentic base for the unique culturalheritage of blacks in New Orleans. This work illustrates how the Mardi GrasIndians are a part of the New Orleans second-line tradition.A dynamic element of this book is the collection of more than one hundredcolor photos. These prints capture the striking beauty of spectacles with apurpose far greater than entertaining. Combined with authoritative text bySmith, the visual images round out this examination of the roots of the MardiGras Indians and current practices of the whole range of African-Americancultural societies and parading groups in the Crescent City.Michael P. Smith is a native of New Orleans and an award-winningprofessional free-lance photographer. His special respect for the musical andcultural history of New Orleans has earned him the general trust of variousethnic groups he has documented and written about. Smith's work has beenpresented in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution inWashington, D.C., and numerous other museums in America and Europe. He hasreceived two Photographer's Fellowships from the National Endowment for theArts, and his prints have toured worldwide under the auspices of the UnitedStates Information Service. He is also the author of New Orleans JazzFest: A Pictorial History and Spirit World: Pattern in theExpressive Folk Culture of African-American New Orleans .

Shackleton The Boss

Shackleton The Boss

Author: Michael Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/1905

This inspiring story of Ernest Shackleton, whose men called him 'The Boss', involved four expeditions to Antarctica between 1901 and 1922. His incredible adventures included a breathtaking march to within a few miles of the South Pole and the amazing saga of hardship and survival on the famous Endurance expedition. * Also by Michael Smith: Tom Crean, Ice Man.

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